NYC Continues to Fight the Smoke

Since 2002, adult smoking has gone down 35 percent across the city. Adolescent smoking has also decreased from 11.9 to 8.3 percent between 2004 and 2010. Though the numbers look good, New York still managed to pass a law raising the age to buy cigarettes from 18 to 21 years old. The average life expectancy in New York is about 81 years old. Since smoking remains the number one cause of preventable death and illness nationwide, the city’s step may influence other cities to do the same.

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